Jeffrey L. Finnan, Ph.D.

Dearborn, MI


A quick sketch:

I am in my seventh year of teaching, second year at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, MI. I am presently teaching Skyline's equivalent to general chemistry and am also teaching Advancement Placement chemistry. Before Skyline I taught at Southfield-Lathrup High in Lathrup Village, MI. But before then...

After retiring very early and being a stay-at-home dad for a few years as well as being an official tutor for America Online, I decided that teaching was my next calling. I could have just taken the minimal number of courses to obtained certification. However, I decided that I would be better prepared for the classroom if I obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). I undertook this program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. I started in the fall 2002 and took a full load of courses. I student taught in fall 2003 as part of the MAT program. My major is chemistry and my minor is biology. As part of my student teaching experience, I experimented with different approaches to molecular visualization with biology students which is exhibited in my MITTEN ePortfolio. Not only did this win a Michigan Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching with Technology in 2004, but we also published the work in Learning & Leading with Technology.

Since I was always interested in biology, my plan was to become a marine biologist when I first started college. Once there, I developed an interest in biochemistry and then found I that I had a knack for organic chemistry. I guess there was always a bit of a chemist in me as a kid. I used to make hydrogen-filled balloons using aluminum foil and lye in soda (pop for some you) bottles. During my junior and senior years at college, I developed and carried out a research plan under the auspices of two sponsor professors. The research culminated in a publication. Check out the last one on my publications list. My graduate work was in the chemical synthesis of DNA. Machines automatically do this now based on our early research. I followed that up with a two years of postdoctoral work in vitamin K biochemistry.(See Education.)

I worked in corporate research and development for 20 years in the vitamin and fragrance & flavor industries. My work involved synthesis and formulation as well as process development (Professional Experience). During this span of time, I obtained 15 patents individually or jointly with colleagues.

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